Nancy (Stoffregen) Leonard(1952 - 2013)

Nancy Stoffregen Leonard, 60, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Brookshire House in Denver.
She was born in Red Oak, Iowa, on Sept. 11, 1952, to Jack and Betty Stoffregen.
She is survived by her son (Adam Leonard), whom she adopted on March 15, 1982 in Wichita, Kan.
She attended the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1974 with a bachelor of science majoring in English and a minor in speech/drama.
She obtained her master's degree, also in education, from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Nancy taught various subjects in her teaching career; most recently English, speech and drama (7-12 grades) until her retirement in 2006 from Bethune School.
She touched the lives of many students throughout her career as a teacher in Lubbock/Lorenzo (Texas), Lewisville (Neb.), Dodge City (Kan.), Scottsdale (Ariz.) and Bethune/Burlington.
She was a member of both the Colorado Education Association, and CHSSA Speech/Drama organization.
One of Nancy's joys was providing a fun reading environment for children. While at Bethune School, she created the after school Reading Club for kids and actively worked with students during summer school/programs.
She was a lifelong Methodist and, at the time of her death, was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas and the United Methodist Church in Burlington.
Nancy loved the outdoors and spent many hours walking and working in the yard. She was an avid reader and was never shy about encouraging others to share this passion. Her love for plays and musicals were also a huge part of her life.
Other survivors include mother, Betty Stoffregen, Lubbock, Texas; three brothers, Philip E. Stoffregen (Margaret), Des Moines, Iowa, Jack E. Stoffregen Jr. (Karen), Lubbock, Texas, and Steven F. Stoffregen (Linda), Wichita, Kan.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Stoffregen Sr.
The Celebration of Life service will be held in Bethune at the high school on March 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Linda Wells presiding. Cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Nancy's name at The Bank of Burlington to benefit the Bethune School Drama Club and the Burlington Public Library.

Published in The Burlington Record on Feb. 21, 2013